From High Above The Western Sideline
A Blunt Take on Sports

Nold sold on “Donny Baseball”

So Joe Torre is leaving the Dodgers and this is a good thing.  While he did better than his last two predecessors, he nearly wiped all that goodwill by falling a sleep at the wheel this season. He seemed to have quit around June of this year, partially because of the owners, partially because of age, but mostly because he lost his ability to connect to this group of ball players.

Now that Mattingly will be in charge, are we to expect more of the same? He was partially responsible for this bad season; after all he is the hitting coach.  Will he be able to reach to Matt Kemp? Can he help Ethier against lefties? Will be willing to play some small ball or even get kicked out of a game to rally the troops.

I just don’t think that he is right for this club based on the team’s performance with him as a coach, but I hope he proves me wrong. I would have preferred to see Wallach get the job, but maybe Donny Baseball will bring him up from AAA.  Time will tell, but I wouldn’t bet the farm on it.

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